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It’s time to close the gender wage gap with action

posted on August 25, 2016

(TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to see the Steering Committee recommendations for closing the gender wage gap, combined with the immediate steps that will be taken by government. These recommendations must now go beyond examination and evaluation of the gender wage gap across sectors to developing concrete policies and […]

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Advisory: OFL joins CUPW to Rally for Pensions, Pay Equity and Fairness

posted on August 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   August 8, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since the beginning of this year, 18,000 members of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) whom work for Canada Post have unjustifiably been without a contract and have been locked in drawn-out negotiations over equal pay for rural postal workers, job security and pension structure. The Canadian […]

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The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing

posted on August 4, 2016

OFL Statement August 4, 2016 Abdirahman Abdi’s Death Cannot Be In Vain The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is disheartened and outraged at the death of a defenseless black man after a violent confrontation with police, in Ottawa, and calls on […]

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Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Flynn: Changing Workplaces Review Special Advisors’ Interim Report

posted on August 3, 2016

On August 3, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Flynn applauding the release of the Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report and commending the Special Advisors’ efforts, rigour and attention to detail in producing the report. The OFL renewed calls to the Premier and minister for a major overhaul to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and the province’s […]

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Interim “Changing Workplaces Review” Report should be a Springboard for Employment Reforms

posted on July 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      July 27, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the release of the Interim Report from the Government of Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review. The report lays out the parameters for action to improve and modernize Ontario’s outdated employment laws. The report summarizes the many challenges facing employees in […]

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OFL Conference: Violence & Harassment in the Workplace

posted on July 19, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour will hold an important one-day conference, to address new legislative changes in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as they relate to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters. The conference will convene at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the OFL Building, 15 Gervais Drive, […]

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Advisory: Canada’s Labour Leaders To All Premiers: Make Life Better For Vulnerable Workers

posted on July 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         July 15, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Ahead of the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 20-22, Canada’s labour leaders are calling on the provincial and territorial premiers to make Canada’s most vulnerable workers the focus of their talks. “This is the first time the premiers have met in […]

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Advisory: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union

posted on July 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Wednesday: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since 2012, the Ontario Liberals have ignored repeated calls from Legal Aid lawyers for collective bargaining rights with the union of their choice, The Society of Energy Professionals. The Society of Energy Professionals, Ontario […]

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Letter to the Prime Minister: STOP the imminent and unjustified Canada Post lock out and negotiate a fair deal with the union

posted on July 6, 2016

On July 5 2016, OFL sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to take immediate action to prevent the imminent lock out and service disruption at Canada Post, this summer. The time to take action is now! Canada Post locked postal workers out in 2011 until the Conservatives forced them back to work with legislation […]

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Time for Ontario to Follow Alberta’s Leadership on a $15 Minimum Wage by 2018

posted on June 30, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Government of Alberta’s plan to implement a $15 minimum wage by 2018. The OFL is calling on the Wynne government to follow Alberta’s bold leadership, by making $15 minimum wage its standard for workers across Ontario. “There are 1.7 million workers in Ontario who currently earn wages that […]

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This year, take the campaign to Pride!

posted on June 29, 2016

Together, we’ve Got PRIDE. Getting and keeping a good job; safe, respectful communities; health benefits for us and our loved ones…these are all LGBTQ issues and we need strong labour unions to get them. Ontario unions have marched side-by-side with the LGBTQ community to secure legal, social and economic rights such as: Protection from workplace […]

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Make It Fair: Precarious Work Survey

posted on June 28, 2016

We want to hear your thoughts on precarious work! The OFL’s Make It Fair campaign is reaching out to talk to Ontarians about their experiences of precarious (involuntary part-time, casual, contract, temporary, unsafe work), as well as the experiences of their family and friends. This survey is a great tool for kicking off important conversations with […]

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016

posted on May 16, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2016 Generations United Against Homophobia and Transphobia: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

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Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out

posted on May 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out (BRAMPTON, ON) ─ Two workplace fatalities at separate sites in Brampton put a pall on workers and family members across Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling […]

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Support for Fresh Taste Workers – Day of Action on May 5 at 7 a.m.

posted on May 3, 2016

Thursday’s solidarity rally has been cancelled because the Fresh Taste Produce workers won their first contract on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! Many congratulations to Teamsters Local Union 419 and the many community and labour supporters who swung in behind this group courageous Tibetan workers to help them fight for fairness. However, it shouldn’t be this […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister MacCharles, RE: Ontario Autism Program

posted on May 3, 2016

On March 29, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracey MacCharles, announced the Wynne Government’s new Ontario Autism Program, which proposed to reduce wait times for intensive therapy by drastically cutting eligibility for these vital interventions. Under the new regime, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) will be limited to children between the ages of 2 and […]

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Support Time to Care Act, Bill 188

posted on May 3, 2016

CUPE Ontario’s “Time to Care” campaign has been leading the charge to change the standard of care in long-term care homes. NDP MPP France Gélinas tabled a private members bill, but it needs public action to win government support. The  Email your local Member of Provincial Parliament to call on them to support Bill 188, […]

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Toronto Star Op-Ed: Ontario labour laws failing vulnerable workers (Chris Buckley, May 1, 2016)

posted on May 1, 2016

On May 1, 2016, OFL President Chris Buckley published an opinion column in the Toronto Star, arguing that the striking Fresh Taste produce workers are a poster case for labour law reform in Ontario. Read the full column below and support the solidarity rally for Fresh Taste workers this Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 am: […]

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OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016

posted on April 29, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2016 Standing with Asian & South Asian Workers Against Income Inequality OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016 Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in recognizing May as both Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month. However, while the Ontario Federation […]

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Teddy Bears Picket for Library Workers: Sat. Apr. 30, from 11am to 1pm

posted on April 29, 2016

WHEN: April 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 CONTACT: Event website CUPE Local 4948, representing workers at the Toronto Public Library, have been leading the fight against precarious work in the city. Library workers at a critical stage in bargaining with […]

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OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016

posted on April 26, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 26, 2016 Workplace Safety Must be Canada’s Bottom Line OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28 is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers will gather at ceremonies across […]

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Read the Spring Issue of the OFL Action Report

posted on April 25, 2016

Download the spring issue of the OFL Action Report. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, We are less than six months into the first term of your new OFL leadership and I am proud to report that we have made significant strides in the commitments that we made to you back at our […]

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Letter to Government of Canada: Call for an Asbestos Ban

posted on April 25, 2016

On March 31, 2016, the OFL sent letters to the Federal Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and the Minister of Science to call for a national ban on all asbestos products. To download PDF versions of the letters, click on Min. Mihychuk or Min. Duncan. March 31, 2016 The Honourable MaryAnn […]

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2016 Ontario Pride Events

posted on April 25, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour unions have played a vital, […]

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May 8: Mother’s Day “Stroller Rally” to Support Maternity Leave

posted on April 25, 2016

In December 2015, Gilary Massa, a member of CUPE 1281, was fired while on maternity leave. Please join us in taking action to support Gilary and defend the rights of new parents across the country. Supporters are coming together under the #IStandWithGilary campaign to demand Gilary’s reinstatement. You can help in the following ways: Attend the […]

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Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker

posted on April 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2016 Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker OFL Calls on Premier Wynne to Bring Balance and Fairness to Labour Laws (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court ruling upholding the collective bargaining rights of educational workers, including their […]

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OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL

posted on April 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL (TORONTO, ON) ─ At their annual convention Thursday, 1,700 delegates of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) voted 93.8 percent in favour of restoring their membership in the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). It was a decision met with thunderous applause. […]

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OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan

posted on April 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s release of the final design details of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) a step toward retirement security for Ontario workers, but he […]

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OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016

posted on April 12, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 12, 2016 End the Silence on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or support […]

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Letter to RSU: Immediate Reinstatement of Gilary Massa

posted on April 8, 2016

On April 8, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Andrea Bartlett, President Ryerson Students’ Union, to oppose the shameful and illegal termination of Gilary Massa, just three months into her maternity leave. The OFL is calling on unions, community groups and concerned citizens to show support for Gilary by sending similar letters to President […]

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Apply Today for 2016 Post-Secondary Scholarships!

posted on April 7, 2016

Apply Today for 2016 Scholarships! The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship in the amount […]

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OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One

posted on April 6, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2016 OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One (TORONTO, ON) ─ As the Ontario Government gears up to sell off another 74.2 million shares in Hydro One, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling for an immediate moratorium on the sale of the province’s hydro […]

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In Memoriam: Jim Freeman (March 17, 1955 – April 4, 2016)

posted on April 6, 2016

Click here to download the memorial tribute to Jim Freeman produced by the OFL, CLC and regional labour councils. Join a Celebration of Jim’s Life: Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mount Lawn Funeral Home (Reception Room), 21 Garrard Rd. in Whitby. The labour movement will also be hosting a […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage

posted on April 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes an announcement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pledging her party’s support for a $15 minimum wage. The OFL is part of a broad coalition of labour unions and […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City

posted on March 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the chorus of community groups and organizations from a broad and diverse cross-section of society that are calling for action on the demands brought forward to […]

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016

posted on March 10, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 10, 2016 Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016 By every measure, Ontario has the fastest growing rates of poverty and inequality out of every province in Canada, but the effects of this epidemic are […]

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OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

posted on March 3, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 3, 2016 Women Can’t Wait 100 Years to End Wage Discrimination OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016 Based on the current rate of progress, it will take over 100 years before women earn the same wages as men. In Ontario today, even though women now account […]

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RELEASE: Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus

posted on February 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2016 Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus Modest program improvements clawed back by cuts and privatization (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley welcomed the thawing of the freeze on hospital funding and improvements to access for college and university students, but […]

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OFL Job Posting: Campaign Organizer

posted on February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016 Job Posting: Campaign Organizer The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation, representing approximately one million workers. The OFL is seeking an experienced campaign organizer to lead the organization’s new campaign on labour law reform. Join a small, dynamic team of elected leaders, social justice advocates and other […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism

posted on February 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded today’s Ontario Government announcement about the creation of a new Anti-Racism Directorate to work in collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The OFL […]

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OFL Job Posting: Controller/Comptroller (Deadline: Feb. 20, 2016)

posted on February 11, 2016

This job posting is formally hosted on CPA | Source website. The description and instructions below apply to that site and are reproduced here for information purposes. Please visit the official listing at: https://www.cpasource.com/job-details/136702-Controller-Comptroller-Ontario-Federation-of-Labour Company Name Ontario Federation of Labour Job Title Controller/Comptroller Available To Members of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Posting number 136702 […]

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Taxi drivers protest Uber in Toronto on Monday, June 1, 2015. The City of Toronto and ride-sharing service Uber are in court Monday over the legality of the company's operations. The city is seeking a permanent injunciton to shut down Uber's services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

STRIKE AVERTED! Feb. 2 Taxi Protest Cancelled

posted on February 10, 2016

Taxi drivers from across the GTA extend their thanks to supporters from all sectors. The United Taxi Workers’ Association has called off current taxi strike plans but they ask community members to continue to boycott illegal online taxi services, like UberX, that are undermining good jobs, public safety and fair play!

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Read the First Issue of the Re-Named “OFL Action Report”

posted on February 8, 2016

Download the first issue of the re-named “OFL Action Report” LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, At our November 2015 Convention, the delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour elected a new leadership team to pull Ontario’s labour movement together in unprecedented unity and solidarity. The timing couldn’t have been more critical. The […]

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OFL Pre-Budget Submission Calls for the Ontario We Want

posted on February 2, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is the voice of Ontario at work. With 54 affiliated unions representing working people from across the province, from all social, economic, and ethnic groups, over half of whom are women, we campaign for equity and equality for every Ontarian. Together, we have the power to make real and […]

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OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016

posted on February 1, 2016

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2016 Ending Racism is a Collective Obligation OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016 Across Canada, the month of February is recognized as Black History Month and the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent are celebrated. However, the […]

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OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB

posted on January 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 29, 2016 OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB (TORONTO, ON) ─ Following up on a bombshell report released last November, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) filed a formal complaint with Ontario […]

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OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions

posted on January 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       January 26, 2016  OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called the details of Ontario’s new public pension plan a big, bold step towards retirement security and called on […]

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STAND UP FOR STEEL: Hamilton Rally, Jan. 30, 2016

posted on January 25, 2016

BUSES TO TRAVEL TO HAMILTON FOR JAN. 30 RALLY FOR STEEL JOBS Join thousands traveling to Hamilton for a January 30 rally to defend good jobs and the pensions of Steelworker retirees that are currently under attack. Let’s rally together for our Steel industry, to keep producing, to stop the CCAA courts from hurting our […]

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OFL Drafts Plan to End the Gender Wage Gap

posted on January 20, 2016

The OFL joined with anti-poverty groups and other pay equity advocates to echo the call of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition’s 2008 Framework for Action. The OFL made a submission to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy to call on the government to commit to a plan that would close Ontario’s 31.5% gender pay gap […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 18, 2016

FOR RELEASE AT 10:00 AM January 19, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations (OTTAWA, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ottawa on January 22 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations (SAULT STE. MARIE, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Sault Ste. Marie on January 21 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Thunder Bay on January 20 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations (WINDSOR, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Windsor on January 19 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations (HAMILTON, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Hamilton on January 18 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest

posted on January 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2016 ADVISORY: Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest (TORONTO, ON) ─ Next week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ontario six cities for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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International Women’s Day 2016 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10, 2016

posted on January 12, 2016

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the sixth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme celebrates women’s Sisterhood, Solidarity and Strength. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that […]

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Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers

posted on January 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 OFL: Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s jail sentence for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson a historic decision that will send a strong message to every employer in the province. Ontario […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy

posted on January 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2016  ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016, when the sentence will be announced for a Metron Construction Project Manager. Vadim Kazenelson is facing […]

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OFL 2016-2017 Action Plan

posted on January 4, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour held its 13th Biennial Convention, under the aspirational banner “The Ontario We Want,” from November 23 to 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. At that convention, the members laid out a bold new vision for labour action with the adoption of the 2016-2017 Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Action […]

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OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day

posted on December 17, 2015

 OFL STATEMENT December 17, 2015 Trudeau and Wynne Must Act Together to End the Exploitation of Migrant Workers OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day “For far too long migrant workers have been denied equal rights in Canada. They have been subjected to government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, […]

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Province-Wide Rallies Challenge Austerity Cuts and Privatization

posted on December 16, 2015

Hospitals are facing a crisis, hydro is being privatized, student debt is mounting and inequality is rising. The situation facing so many Ontario families and their communities seems bleak, but public pressure can turn things around. We can’t do it without your help. Join a province-wide rally against austerity, in favour of a stronger Ontario, […]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day

posted on December 10, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2015 Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises at Home and Abroad OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights […]

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Meet the OFL Officers

posted on December 9, 2015

In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the OFL’s November 2015 Biennial Convention elected a new leadership team. Chris Buckley (President), Patty Coates (Secretary-Treasurer) and Ahmad Gaied (Executive Vice-President) were elected to lead Ontario’s house of labour. This is your chance to get to know a little about the […]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

posted on December 4, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2015 Defiant Feminism in the Face of Violence: OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6 marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was not only […]

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OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015

posted on December 3, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2015 No One With a Disability Should Be Made to Feel Invisible OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population […]

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#FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on November 24, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2015 #FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour: Chris Buckley (Unifor), Patty Coates (OSSTF) and Ahmad Gaied Receive Strong Mandate (TORONTO, ON) ─ In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 2015 Biennial Convention elected a […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality

posted on November 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality: New Report Says Fully Half of Ontarians are Caught in a Backslide (Toronto, Ontario) – An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 labour and community groups concerned with growing inequality released an alarming report today that […]

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OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace

posted on November 17, 2015

November 16, 2015 OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace By Sid Ryan, OFL President The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. Ontario workers are united in our sympathy and solidarity with the victims, their families, friends and, indeed, the people of France who […]

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Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System

posted on November 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) today released a damning report exposing interference on the part of the Workplace […]

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New Report: Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals

posted on November 5, 2015

Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals INTRODUCTION In September of this year, Dr. Brenda Steinnagel filed a lawsuit against her employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alleging that she was fired by the clinic she worked for at the behest […]

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ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care

posted on November 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) released a whistleblower report today to expose interference on the part of the Workplace Safety […]

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Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies

posted on November 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 2, 2015 Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling on the Chiefs of Police in Markham and Sudbury to ensure that criminal investigations are conducted into recent workplace fatalities to […]

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Sun Media Op-Ed: NDP lost election by veering to the right (Sid Ryan, Oct. 26, 2015)

posted on October 26, 2015

Guest column appearing in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun newspapers NDP lost election by veering to the right Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Special to Postmedia Network (Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:10 PM EDT) Click here to read and share the column from the Toronto Sun website. —- […]

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Harper’s Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net

posted on October 16, 2015

With October 19th Election only days away, the Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour has put together a fact sheet, entitled “Ruthless: The Harper Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net.” This informative document reminds voters about the Harper cuts to Old Age Security, Health Care, Arts and Culture, Women’s […]

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Sun Media Op-Ed: “Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper” (Sid Ryan, Oct. 10, 2015)

posted on October 9, 2015

Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper Guest Column by Sid Ryan, published in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun Newspapers on Sat. Oct. 10 2015. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/09/mulcair-not-trudeau-can-beat-harper Flash back to the final weeks of the federal election in May 2011. Election forecasters were prematurely dismissing a strong early surge from the NDP as a […]

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

posted on September 28, 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT September 28, 2015 Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement – to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. What I do next, what issues I champion, what challenges I tackle, […]

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Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan

posted on September 23, 2015

 Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan The Ontario Federation of Labour president says he won’t seek re-election and considers his legacy as a union leader By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Sep 22 2015 | Toronto Star I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement […]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly – Nov. 21 to 22, 2015

posted on September 20, 2015

The OFL Young Workers’ Committee will be hosting the second Young Workers’ Assembly on November 21 and 22, 2015, immediately preceding the 13th Biennial OFL Convention (November 23-27, 2015). This informative and instructive session is open to all young worker delegates to Convention and young worker activists. It will include a full day of educational […]

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OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare

posted on September 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2015 OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare Sid Ryan to Join an NDP Canvass Saturday in the Contentious Riding of Brampton East (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded NDP Leader Thomas Muclair’s pledge to establish a universal prescription drug plan […]

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OFL Labour Day Statement: It’s Time for Workers to Demand the Change They Want

posted on September 6, 2015

Happy Labour Day! Please help spread labour’s message this weekend by sharing the OFL 2015 Labour Day Statement with this sample tweet: It’s time for workers to demand the change they want! Read @SidRyan_OFL‘s #LabourDay statement: http://ow.ly/RQK7L #CanLab @OFLabour To get involved in Labour Day events in your region, visit the CLC website for a full list: http://canadianlabour.ca/sites/default/files/media/Events-List-%202015-09-01.pdf […]

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RELEASE: Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP

posted on September 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2015 Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP OFL Issues Labour Day Call for One Million Workers to Unite Behind Every Ontario NDP Candidate (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) today declared its full support for the federal NDP to form the next government of […]

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Special Toronto Star Supplement on Unions Features the OFL

posted on September 3, 2015

Be sure to pick up a copy of the September 3, 2015 edition of the Toronto Star to find a special Labour Day supplement on unions. The forward and front page ad for this unique section were donated to the OFL to promote a Labour Day message on behalf of Ontario’s workers. The special section […]

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There is a Better Choice: VOTE NDP!

posted on September 1, 2015

During past nine years of a Harper-led government, the Conservatives have proven that they will trample the rights of all who stand in their path. Environmentalists who opposed the tar sands, fracking and oil pipelines got a taste of this when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listed them as “eco-extremists.” Union members have been reminded of […]

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